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Report Highlights Government Data Center of the Future

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Report Highlights Government Datacenter of the FutureReport Highlights Government Datacenter of the FutureMarket research firm IDC just released a new report that describes a once-in-a-generation shift in government data center technology and strategy.

The rapid change will need the support and advice from the IT industry to help government CIOs and IT managers coping with their challenges.

IDC expects the shift to happen over the next two years and impact the way government data centers are organizing their infrastructure, IT solutions and data services. "As a result, government agencies are migrating from a single-stack, siloed approach to more integrated shared services," the market research firm said. Especially email, storage and backup, as well as web site hosting will be services that are likely to move from in-house to providers.

IDC believes that the government will reduce the number of data centers, but keep large facilities to service multiple customers. These data centers will have to be located in regions with low real estate and utility cost. The availability of alternative energy sources will also be critical. The computer hardware will be standardized, rack-based and hot-swappable. Software is expected to "consolidate around specific business functions" and make sure that multiple agencies can access them.

IDC noted that, for example, Utah, Michigan, and Western States Contracting Alliance states, are already offering hosted solutions to which counties and cities can subscribe. "This allows the state governments to serve as cloud providers, and it allows local governments the chance to drop certain IT services from their locally hosted and maintained solutions."

The full report is available to IDC subscribers.

Wolfgang GruenerWolfgang GruenerWolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on cloud computing and disruptive technologies, and maintains the blog. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and market research, he previously published TG Daily and was managing editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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